The majority of natives from most European countries can enter Lithuania visa-free for up to 90 days. US, Australian, Canadian and New Zealanders also don’t need a visa for a period of less than 90 days.
There are still some nationalities, such as Mexicans and Brazilians for instance, which are required to have visas. To ensure you are aware of the full entry requirements for entering Vilnius and Lithuania contact your nearest embassy before travelling.
Also, ensure your passport is valid for at least 60 days after the day you enter.
The official currency used is the litas (plural litu) and it is divided into 100 cent. Notes come in denominations of Lt1, Lt2, Lt5, Lt10, Lt20, Lt50, Lt100 and Lt200. Coins used are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c and 50c.
Lithuanian is the official language, although there are many different dialects. Most people working in the service and tourism industry speak English.
Vilnius’ climate is a very varied – in winter temperatures can drop well below 0°C while in the summer they can climb to over 25°C.
The health care system in Lithuania is good. If something happens to you which requires medical attention or ailments, one of the local medical centres in Vilnius is located on Antakalnio 124 (within Vilnius University Antakalnis Hospital).
Lithuania is two hours ahead of GMT and seven ahead of EST.
Shop opening times are generally between 8am-5pm Monday-Saturday. Food shops/grocery stores open from 7am-9pm seven days a week (8am-6pm Sun).
Banks open from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday.
Vilnius Tourism Information Centre
Vilniaus Str. 22
This is the city’s best tourist office and best source of information.
The rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) on most goods and services in Lithuania is 18%.
Banks and bureau du changes are the best places to change money, with the latter having longer opening hours. If your bankcard works overseas you should be able to obtain cash from ATMs.
Nearly all phone boxes accept pre-paid call cards which can be purchased at kiosks or post offices. When dialling overseas from within Lithuania first dial 8 to get an outside line, then dial 10 followed by the country code, the area code (dropping the 0) followed by the local number.
If calling Lithuania from another country, the country code is +370.
The city’s main post office is located at Gedimino 7.
Some restaurants add a service charge of 7%, but if you are particularly happy with the service you can up that to 10%. Tipping other services such as taxi drivers isn’t normally expected, but obviously appreciated.
It is worth noting what a country’s public holidays are before travelling, as the majority of businesses, banks and shops shut for the day.
In Lithuania the public holidays are New Years Day (January 1st), Restoration of the State Day (February 16th), Independence Statehood Day (March 11th), Easter (March/April), Mothers Day (first Sunday in May), Statehood Day (July 6th), Assumption Day (August 15th), All Saints Day (November 1st) and Christmas (25th and 26th December).